There’s now a bird influenza epidemic occurring in Asia that is wrecking the poultry industry there and scaring the public. But so far, only a few dozen humans have died from it. Should we consider this disease a major threat to us? And if so, what can we do to avoid getting infected? Avian Influenza is a major threat to all of us. The strains of bird influenza virus which are killing chickens along with other birds in Asia happen to be passed easily between birds, but they infect humans just with difficulty. This is why birds are dying by the hundreds of thousands, but only a few dozen humans have been infected.
Nevertheless, of those individuals who’ve been infected, about 80% have died of the disease in a few days. Sadly, the characteristics of viruses can change quickly. A viral strain that today finds it hard to infect a human being might evolve tomorrow into a strain that infects humans easily. An epidemic of bird influenza that spreads rapidly and kills 80% of those it infects could become a disastrous world wide pandemic an event that could rock civilization. Even though majority of the latest bird influenza victims have died from lung harm, several have died instead from harm to the brain.
Different variants of the virus might target different tissues within the body. Other flu strains have been known to hit the heart along with other organs. The arrival of a bird influenza pandemic might or might not be heralded by a rise in the number of individuals coming down with respiratory issues. Let’s now consider preparations that people could make to increase their chances of surviving such a pandemic: ways to minimize exposure to the virus, – ways to prevent infection in case of exposure, and – ways to improve the disease in case infection occurs. We’ll then discuss the virus itself, the influenza pandemic of 1918, the scenarios that have been put forward by officials of health agencies, and the preparations being made by the U.N.
And by governments. WAYS TO MINIMIZE EXPOSURE – Influenza viruses are passed from person to person mainly by direct or indirect contact. While it’s possible to be infected by breathing air where an infected person has lately sneezed or coughed, most infections occur when an infected you touch the mouth, nose, or eye, then touches an object, leaving a smear of infected saliva, mucous, or tears on it, if that object is subsequently touched by an uninfected person who then touches his own mouth, nose, or eye, the virus can get access to the uninfected persons body. This being the case is assuming that you find yourself in a town where a bird influenza epidemic is in progress it’s fairly obvious what you should do to avoid exposure: Stay away from public areas.